Electric Cooperatives of Northeast Arkansas

Energy Saving Tips

"What can you do to control energy costs?"

Here's a few tips that will help you save energy, save money and live comfortably from the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas.

  • Make sure your home's insulation levels are appropriate.
  • Wash full loads of laundry and use energy-saving settings.
  • Turn off lights or install timers in rooms you aren't using.
  • Install a programmable thermostat and set according to season.
  • Cook smarter by using the microwave whenever possible and match the size of your pan to the heating element when using your stove top.
  • Turn off the television when no one is watching-especially HD sets since they use more electricity than standard sets.
  • Take a shower instead of a bath.
  • Wash dishes early morning or in evening, and use the air-dry setting on your dishwasher.
  • Tune up your heating and cooling systems every fall and spring.
  • Clean or replace filters on your furnace, air conditioner and heat pump regulary.
  • Use an air-conditioner with a seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) rating of 13 or higher.
  • Lower the temperature on your water heater to 120 degrees F, and install an insulating blanket.
  • Look for the Energy Star label when replacing aging, inefficient appliances.
  • Caulk any holes or cracks around your walls, ceilings, windows, doors, light and plumbing fixtures, switches, and electrical outlets that can leak air into or out of your home.
  • Address old, leaky windows. Boost efficiency with weather-stripping or replace with energy efficient models with a U­-factor of .30 or lower and with low-emissivity (low-E) coatings.
  • Apply window coatings, especially on west facing windows.